The first world timer to join the L.U.C collection by Chopard debuted back in 2016, as the “L.U.C Time Traveler One”. At a single glance this model can simultaneously show the time in all 24 time zones, while being operated by an internal 24-hour ring. Now to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this collection, Chopard has released a limited edition of this watch in titanium, plus the simpler “Chopard L.U.C GMT One” option with an integrated dual time function.
The 42mm case is made of ceramised grade 5 titanium with a sandblasted finish. It is a super compressor-style case that comes equipped with two crowns and an internal rotating bezel. This type of case tends to be applied for dive watches, but is a very fitting option for any world traveler looking for a compact, no-fuss, practical watch.On the flip-side it has a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows us to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. Except for a few shiny purple jewels these sights continue the matte aesthetics seen on the front-side. The rim of the case has been engraved with the “TIME TRAVELER ONE” reference and highlights the exclusive “LIMITED EDITION 250” production.Time is exhibited on a black colored dial obtained through a galvanic treatment with a hand-crafted vertical satin finish at the center. Although the official Chopard website simply says black, it looks more like monochrome layers of grey and dark-grey. Time is told via white Arabic numerals and index hour markers, though its second ring has a 24-hour with complete Arabic numerals for the second time-zone. A central hand indicates the date, with an additional arrow-tipped hand indicating the current day on the first concentric ring. While the second ring has the “home time”, followed by the third 24-hour ring showing the second time-zone.These concentric layers really liven up the watch, without making it a flashy piece. Instead it is highly legible and very discreet, despite all the information seeming overwhelming at a first glance. The Arabic numerals and hour markers have all been coated with a white Super-Luminova, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One
This “Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One” (Ref#: 168574-3008) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 01.05-L, with 39 jewels, 291 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. Water-resistance can reach up to 50 meters (164 feet). Mounted to the watch is a black vegan-certified rubber strap with a textile pattern and exposed grey stitching, while secured to the wrist by a ceramised titanium pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 250 manufactured pieces. For more information visit the official Chopard website here.
MSRP: $15,500.00 USD
Chopard has also released the simpler “Chopard L.U.C GMT One” in the same 42mm case made of ceramised grade 5 titanium with a sandblasted finish.It also comes equipped with two crowns and an internal rotating bezel, plus the sapphire exhibition case back.These two crowns positioned at the 2 and 4 o’clock spots have been adorned with the L.U.C logos (just like the “Time Traveler” version). The upper crown controls the date and time setting, while the lower crown is used to set the large GMT hand for the second time zone.Time is exhibited on a similar monochrome layered dial of grey and dark-grey overtones with white Arabic numerals and hour index markers. The arrow-tipped central hand serves to point out the second time-zone, while the other dauphine-style central hands indicate the current home-time.A GMT disc circles around the dial with either: black numerals on a light-grey background; or white numerals on a black background. There is also a date aperture located at the 6 o’clock position. The video seen below features the previous (Ref#: 168579-3001) edition with the orange accents, but offers the same brief user explanation that can be applied here.
Chopard L.U.C GMT One
The “Chopard L.U.C GMT One” (Ref#: 168579-3004) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber L.U.C 01.10-L, with 31 jewels, 262 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. Water-resistance can reach up to 50m (164 feet).
Mounted to the watch is a black rubber strap embossed with a cordura effect and exposed grey stitching, while secured to the wrist by a ceramised titanium pin buckle. This is a limited edition of only 250 manufactured pieces. For more information visit the official Chopard website here.
MSRP: $11,500.00 USD